Our New Priest – Father Nick VanDenBroeke

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Our new Pastor as of July 1, 2017 is Father Nick VanDenBroeke

Ordained: May 26, 2012 at the Cathedral of St. Paul

Home Parish: Guardian Angels, Chaska

Parents: Bob and Julie VanDenBroeke

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Catholic studies and philosophy from St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul

You can read Fr. VanDenBroeke’s full bio here

Please pray for our Parish as we say goodbye to Fr. Dennis Thompson and welcome our new pastor Fr. VanDenBroeke.

May 28st, 2017 – The Ascension of the Lord

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May 28st, 2017

The Ascension of the Lord

 

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

 

MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

as we remember those

who have made the ultimate sacrifice

for the freedoms we enjoy every day,

we think of how they have followed

in the footsteps of your Son,

our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

May the members of our armed forces

be supplied with the courage

to face each day

and may they trust

in the Lord’s mighty power

to accomplish each task.

 Let our military brothers and sisters

feel our love and support.

Amen.

 

 

 

May 21st, 2017 – 6th Sunday of Easter

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 May 21st, 2017

6th Sunday of Easter

 

“And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

 

Congratulations and God Bless

the Newly Confirmed Members

of Our Parish Family

Andrew  Cienciwa

Son of Michael & Allison Cienciwa

Joseph Conway

Son of Timothy & Anne Conway

Elizabeth Malecha

Daughter of Christopher & Stacie Malecha

Jenna Novak

Daughter of Anthony & Patricia Novak

Hunter Voracek

Son of Alan Voracek & Jean Troska

These students received the Sacrament of Confirmation

From Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens on Thursday, May 18th

at the Cathedral of St. Paul

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GOD BLESS OUR GRADUATES

Today we are honoring and celebrating

our Immaculate Conception Parish 2017 High School Graduates

at our 10:00AM Mass

We wish them well, & offer our prayers for their success in the future.

Mariah Hager

Daughter of Jon & Selena Hager

Skyler Harper

Son of Mark & Angie Harper

Luke Malecha

Son of Steve & Heather Malecha

Isaac Pint

Son of Greg & Marilyn Pint

Andy Sibenaller

Son of Mark & Nancy Sibenaller

Brookelyn Skluzacek

Daughter of Bruce & Lisa Skluzacek

AJ (Alan) Voracek

Son of Jean Troska & Alan Voracek

Kyle Yetzer

Son of Mike & Barb Yetzer

Faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing Who holds the future.

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We offer our special prayers and Congratulations to the following students,

who will graduate from HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SCHOOL on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Larissa Anderson, daughter of Ron & Andrea Anderson

Joseph Cienciwa, son of Mike & Allison Cienciwa

Allie Heselton, daughter of Dan & Kelly Heselton

Joshua Kassa, son of Ron & Betty Kassa

Daniel King Jr, son of Dan & Lori King

Tyler Langford, son of Lance & Cheryl Langford

Rebecca Meger, daughter Leon & Rachel Meger

Katherine Moening, daughter of Mike & Sherry Moening

Karley Vochoska, daughter of Joel & Deanna Vochoska

Seth Weitzel, son of Jeff & Dawn Weitzel

 

May 14th, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Easter – Mother’s Day

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May 14th, 2017

5th Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day

 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

 

A Prayer for Mothers

Most Gracious Heavenly Father,

We thank You for our mothers to whom You have entrusted the care of every precious human life from its very beginning in the womb.

You have given to woman the capacity of participating with You in the creation of new life. Grant that every woman may come to understand the full meaning of that blessing, which gives her an unlimited capacity for selfless love for every child she may be privileged to bear, and for all Your children.

Watch over every mother who is with child, strengthen her faith in Your fatherly care and love for her and for her unborn baby. Give her courage in times of fear or pain, understanding in times of uncertainty and doubt, and hope in times of trouble. Grant her joy in the birth of her child.

To mothers You have given the great privilege and responsibility of being a child’s first teacher and spiritual guide. Grant that all mothers may worthily foster the faith of their children, following the example of Mary, Elizabeth, and other holy women who follow Christ. Help mothers to grow daily in knowledge and understanding of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and grant them the wisdom to impart this knowledge faithfully to their children, and to all who depend upon them.

Assist all “spiritual mothers”, those who, though they may have no children of their own, nevertheless selflessly care for the children of others — of every age and state in life. Grant that they may know the joy of fulfilling this motherly calling of women, whether in teaching, nursing, religious life, or in other work which recognizes and fosters the true dignity of every human being created in Your image and likeness.

We beseech You to send Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to all mothers who sorrow for children that have died, are ill or estranged from their families, or who are in trouble or danger of any kind. Help grieving mothers to rely on Your tender mercy and fatherly love for all your children.

We ask your blessing on all those to whom You have entrusted motherhood. May Your Holy Spirit constantly inspire and strengthen them. May they ever follow the example of Mary, mother of Our Lord, and imitate her fidelity, her humility, and her self-giving love. May all mothers receive Your Grace abundantly in this earthly life, and may they look forward to eternal joy in Your presence in the life to come.

We ask this through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Happy Mother’s Day. May God bless you, as you have blessed us!

May 7, 2017 – 4th Sunday of Easter

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May 7th, 2017

4th Sunday of Easter

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

 

 

Welcome To The Table of the Lord

 

Congratulations

To the following children who are receiving their

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Today, Sunday, May 7, 2017at the 10:00 AM Mass

 

Cora Crow

Daughter of Jason & Roxanne Crow

Lilly Duban

Daughter of Brian & Patricia Duban

Blake Durbin

Son of Robert & Pamela Durbin

Kirra Flicek

Daughter of Joseph & Jamie Flicek

Brandon Geer

Son of Shannon & Kristen Geer

Abigail Grant

Daughter of Jeffrey & Heather Grant

Andrew Hauge

Son of Joel & Amber Hauge

Kellen Jirik

Son of Michael & Margaret Jirik

Karson Keilen

Son of Nathan & Amy Keilen

Garid Meyer

Son of Tad & Nan Meyer

Gabriella Pavek

Daughter of Joseph & Sarah Pavek

Annie Rynda

Daughter of Allen & Kimberly Rynda

Milo Simon

Son of Paul & Cassy Simon

Landen Walgrave

Son of Brad & Halle Walgrave

April 30, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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April 30, 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter

 

“Were not our hearts burning within us

while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

 

People of faith across the nation will join in intercessory prayer for our governmental leaders, local communities, and the most vulnerable among us.

As Catholic Christians, Jesus invites all of us to be vibrant witnesses of trust in God and love for one another.

All are asked to be a part of this landmark day!

 

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A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

God our Father, Giver of life,

we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.

You are the rock on which this nation was founded.

You alone are the true source of our cherished rights

to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reclaim this land for Your glory

and dwell among Your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s leaders.

Open their minds to the great worth of human life

and the responsibilities that accompany

human freedom.

Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land,

grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.”

Lead us into a new life.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

April 23, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

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April 23, 2017

2nd Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday

 

“Receive the Holy Spirit.

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

 

It is one thing to doubt the fact that Jesus is risen, as Thomas did. We, however, are more likely to doubt the power flowing from that Resurrection, — a power that can keep us from sin. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, but mercy is not to be confused with presumption or permission to sin. In fact, it is precisely in giving us commandments that, as the second reading tells us, “are not burdensome,” that God shows his mercy. It is not simply our weakness that “God understands.” He understands, first of all, our need of him, and the fact that we flourish only by living a life in union with his will. Therefore, his mercy provides us with every ounce of strength we need to actually fulfill the commandments, which is the same as to fulfill the demands of love.

Love has concrete demands, beginning with a reverence and absolute respect for one another’s lives, and the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable in our midst. Actions that deliberately take innocent human life are always contrary to love. Yet “his commandments are not burdensome,” because by our faith in his Resurrection, we have the power to love as he loves, even to the point of sacrificing ourselves as he sacrificed himself.

Thomas found the strength to believe when he returned to the unity of the Church. Perhaps when Thomas was missing on Easter night, he was out looking for Jesus on his own. After all, he was the kind of person who wanted to see for himself. But he actually found Jesus only when he returned to be with Peter and the other apostles. We too will find the strength to believe, to carry out the commandments, and to respect every human life, when we maintain close unity with the Church, the community of believers built on the apostles.                       

                                    – Priests for Life

 

April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

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April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

 

“Christians, praise the Paschal Victim!

Offer thankful sacrifice!

Christ the Lamb has saved the sheep,

Christ the just one paid the price, reconciling sinners to the Father”.

 

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Lord, As we gather together as family and friends

we invite you into our lives.

May the hope of Your Resurrection

fill our days.

May the promise of your spirit working in us

light up our lives.

May the love you revealed to us

shape our giving.

May the truth in Your Word

guide our journeys,

And may the joy of Your Kingdom

fill our homes.

We thank you for all the wonderful blessings

we now enjoy,

And celebrate Your Glorious Resurrection.

Thank you Lord.

Amen.

Food for Kidz Packaging Event May 4 2017

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We are once again hosting a packaging event for Food for Kidz.

When?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Where?

The Crusader Civic Center in Lonsdale

What Time?

Two shifts:
4 – 5:30pm    &    5:30 – 7pm

No sign up needed!
Come when you can; leave when you need to!

We hope you are able to come! When you do, please bring your cash/check donation with you to cover the cost of food. If you are unable to come, please mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Food for Kidz
c/o Immaculate Conception Parish
PO Box 169
Lonsdale, MN  55046

Checks can be made payable to Food for Kidz

100% of the money raised is used to buy food!!

The mission of Food for Kidz is to package and distribute nutritious meals to hungry children and their families where crisis has struck and there is an immediate need. People like you, coming together with friends and family to package food, donate money and offer compassion MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Change has to start somewhere, and it’s often with the simplicity of a meal.

Please see the flyer for more details and pass on the word!

Sponsored by the Parish Pastoral Council